Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
5.1 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Saudi Arabia – Heavy rain has hit Jeddah, flooding streets and closing schools and universities in the Saudi city, and led to cars being stranded as the water level rose. Air traffic was also affected, as Saudi Airlines announced that several flights were delayed.
15 Years to Restore Italy’s Forests after Wildfires
Italian forests destroyed in wildfires this summer will take at least 15 years to regrow, according to the national farmers’ association.
Some 141,000 hectares of woodland have burned down in 2017 so far, a dramatic increase of 316 percent compared to the average over the past nine years. The destruction is costing Italy not only trees but plants, animals, traditional industries and a means of absorbing some of the carbon dioxide that causes climate change.
A long, rainless summer this year dried out much of Italy and left countryside from Piedmont to Sicily exceptionally vulnerable to wildfires.
Philippines – Japanese Encephelitis
Health officials in Nueva Vizcaya, in Cagayan Valley region in Luzon, are reporting eight confirmed cases of the mosquito borne disease, Japanese encephalitis (JE).
China: Human H5N6 avian influenza
Officials with China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission are reporting an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in a Guangxi man.